Spybot Free Edition is an on-demand anti-spyware scanner. Spyware is software that not only gathers information about your activities on the Internet without asking your permission but also can change the configuration of your computer. The actions or information gathered by of this type of software can be used for targeted advertising and also for forcibly directing you to certain websites. Spybot searches your hard disk for all known types of spyware, adware and potentially unwanted programs. It offers powerful features to remove these threats and thus protect your privacy. It automatically detects adware networks, attempts at host redirection, registry modifications or unwanted changes in the browser configuration of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. If an attempt is made to redirect your computer to a different name server without your permission Spybot can detect and stop this happening. Another way that Spybot protects your privacy is by removing 'Usage Tracks'. Usage tracks are the history of websites you have visited, web pages pages you have opened, documents you have read or edited, programs you have run and other information recording your activities. This information is stored on your computer and can be useful as it can speed up access to data but it can also be used in attempts at identity theft or to compromise your computer. Spybot can remove the Usage Tracks that could possibly cause problems if used by an attacker. Spybot's team of 'Forensic Detectives' constantly monitor the Internet for new threats and attack vectors so it is important, that in order for software to give maximum protection, it is regularly updated. The signatures for Spybot Free Edition are updated once a week. Spybot +AV is a licensed version of Spybot that enhances the protection offered by Spybot Free Edition. This product not only protects against spyware but also incorporates an award winning antivirus engine licensed by Bitdefender.
Some of the feature additions/modifications were:
- Smart Screen Optimizations
- Better Explorer integration
- Optimized Update Procedures
- Windows 10 compatible certificate (DigiCert)
Supported Operating Systems: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Win8, Win8 x64, Win8.1, Win10, Win10 x64
System Requirements: not specific